Diocese launches Canon Nisbett lecture series


Next weekend will mark a significant moment of history as St. Peter's Church in St George celebrates 400 years of service to God and the community with a visit by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.

As a part of his duties, the Bishop will also inaugurate a lecture series to honour the lifelong work and achievements of Canon Thomas Nisbett in a special service at the Cathedral on Saturday, November 17 at 3pm. During the message in that service, the Bishop is expected to expound on the Bible and its place in Anglican Theology.

“The lecture series is in honour of Canon Thomas and Winifred Nisbett,” Rev Nick Dill, priest in charge for the Anglican parish of Pembroke. “Canon Nisbett has the honour of being the first black Anglican clergy, the first black canon and the first black rector. He has broken through a number of the various barriers with tremendous grace, seeking matters of faith rather than matters of politics, and helped temper others who have a slightly different way about them.”

Rev Dill also spoke highly of the late Winifred Nisbett, who was a strong proponent of education and an ardent student of the Bible, working studiously on her own personal Bible study even to the day before she passed, just a year ago on November 16.

The series, which is expected to expand into something much larger in the spring and become a regular event in the church calendar, hopes help parishioners renew a passion for God's word, and expects to have Dr Alister McGrath, one of the foremost Anglican experts in Christian history, as its first guest lecturer.

Dr McGrath holds two doctorates, in Molecular Biophysics and Theology, from Oxford, and is the president of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics. He has also tackled famed scientist and atheist, Richard Dawkins, in several debates and books.

When Dr McGrath comes, he will be speaking on Christianity and how it engages in culture, and will be helping the diocese formulate a school of evangelism to help better equip believers in matters of faith.

“We're excited to bring the whole diocese together to think about how the Word and life mix together in a complex world,” shared Rev Dill, “and help believers grow in our understanding of the Word and how to handle it.”

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Published Nov 10, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm)

Diocese launches Canon Nisbett lecture series

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